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    I've never surfed, but the photography around the sport is outstanding.

    *cough*

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    That is Shipstern, off of Tasmania. I saw something about the power of that wave, and that guy in the pic had around 16 tons coming down on him at 55 mph.

    I don't know how anyone survives that, nor girls doing moves like that other pic. No shame in admitting I've fallen off my board more than once by such distractions.

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    Check out Teahupoo sometime if you want to see insane photos. It's probably one of the thickest lipped waves in the world. It breaks over a shallow reef and then wraps around the reef in this C shape that makes you wonder how any makes it out even if the get past the drop in.




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    love the pictures

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    That last pic of Teahupoo really shows how crazy that wave is. Basically the whole sea sucking back over leaving a dry reef followed by a massive explosion.

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    Insane stuff. Love it.

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    Yeah, great surfers have died at Teahupoo and many many more have been hurt. Since it's on a small island out in the middle of the Pacific ocean medical care also isn't readily available. I have a video where Slater talks about being there and a couple guys he was with catching some weird flesh eating disease that took months to cure.

    Thing is, as a surfer I would drop everything to go if given an opportunity. I would not attempt the wave above, but there are plenty of smaller breaks to take advantage of

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    The question is ECS, would you rather take the drop on the above Shipstern or Chopes waves?

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    Another from Shipstern


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    Well I'm more of a purist and don't think tow in surfing is real surfing. It's insane what those guys do, but most of the crazy big wave pictures you see now are guys who were towed in and are riding more of a modified wakeboard (bindings) than a surfboard. I saw an interview with Laird Hamilton (co-inventor of tow-in surfing), and I can appreciate his point that he was bored with regular surfing and wanted to go bigger and bigger, but to me you have to paddle into it to make it surfing

    Check out this 'pure' pic from Waimea:



    How Laird ever became bored I'll never know. No matter how many times I drop into east coast slop or perfect 10-12ft sets in Costa Rica it absolute NEVER gets old or boring.

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    ECS - where was your avatar shot taken?

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    Nosara, Costa Rica...

    Stinks that the photographer was only out there on the smallest day of the trip. The rest of the days were 6-10ft (I'm 6'2" and couldn't reach up and over the wave after dropping in) and the photographer was surfing the whole time lol. I think the day this picture (and my avatar) were taken the waves were only 4-6ft or so.



    And the full size avatar pic....


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    Those pics make me miss the stretch between Malibu and the Ventura county line...

    And I agree about not getting bored no matter the size. I'm sprinting into the water if it's glassy and peeling.

    Laird lives on another level though.

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    Yeah, that's why I'm moving again. Leaving CO and heading back to the coast. It's odd. I love the winters here, the cold weather and little bit of snow, but hate the summers. I can only hike so much, and I really miss the ocean.

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    Bonus points if you can guess the location here without cheating...


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    NZ? Oregon?

    There are some big wave spots up here in OR that are starting to get recognized. Though I'm not looking to start hitting the "secret spots" as stories of non-locals getting their cars destroyed for daring to surf are well known.

    Can't wait to get in the water this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "kuri":29zmab6i
    NZ? Oregon?

    There are some big wave spots up here in OR that are starting to get recognized. Though I'm not looking to start hitting the "secret spots" as stories of non-locals getting their cars destroyed for daring to surf are well known.

    Can't wait to get in the water this weekend.
    Here's the caption:

    Mike Schlebach from South Africa surfs a simply monstrous wave at an offshore reef off Cape Town, South Africa. Surfers who can ride the Cape's biggest winter swells are eligible for the Rebel Sessions Awards, which recognize the best surfing over a season of big waves in Cape Town.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mul...#ixzz1VJuZLlAB

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    The swells are not the only thing monstrous in South Africa.

    [youtube]8J7BeG0leAM[/youtube]

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    Shark attacks put the Big 12 fiasco in perspective. Texas may be greedy, but at least they aren't trying to eat their rivals.

    Not that we know of, anyway.

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